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The Greatest Show on Earth: Food Walk and Poetry Trail at Oastler Market, Saturday 20th May

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Food Walk & Poetry Trail @ Oastler Market

Food Walk
Come to the most talked about market in Bradford with Oastler Traders, Wur Bradford & The Sparrow Cafe as your guide. As Bradford City kicks off so does Oastler Market with its first Urban Food Forage, if you’re an experienced foodie or complete newbie this is the food walk for you. Meet the traders who can show you the true secrets within the market and taste the many foods. After the forage we finish at The Sparrow Cafe with a platter of food and a craft beer. The Sparrow Cafe gets all its food produce from the Market throughout the year, this is absolutely FREE but spaces are limited.

Tour highlights:
– Go around the world through taste, get to try food from the small traders of Oastler.
– Discover the ‘Lost Art of Market Shopping.’ How to shop in a market from your Vegman, Fish monger and Butcher
– Look at seasonal and local produce including exotic produce from around the world and how to cook with them
– Meet the ‘Spice Man’ who happens to be the nicest man on earth!
– Hear The History of Butchers in ‘My first words were 2 pound 17 & 6’ by John Smith and see the Butchers Mile

The Tour will last approximately 1 hour, finishing a The Sparrow Cafe. To book contact Wurbradford@gmail.com

Poetry Trail
Poetry has gone MASSIVE! Can you spot the poetry that will be up on Stalls of Oastler on #LoveMarkets day. Wur Bradford & Traders are inviting you to get lost in the world of the market and the words of local artists who will premier their back catalogue of work including
Steve Lunn
Florence Remmer
Kirsty Taylor
Rob Hall
& Many More

The work will be up 11am- 4pm in Oastler Market on the 20th May
Poetry Reading 2pm Fountains Cafe

Poetry Sharing ‘Bring us your poetry!’

Come to the 1970s iconic ‘Fountain Cafe’ for their FIRST ever poetry sharing hosted by Wur Bradford & Poets of the Trail. There will be Tea & Cake at 2pm as artist read their work. Feel free to bring your own poetry to share, swap and talk poetry.

Self Guided Walks.
Can’t make those times! Self guided walks now available. New work from Jean McEwan will provide you with a map to follow so you create your own self guided walk. Pick up at the front entrance.

This event has been brought to you by Wur Bradford in collaboration with Oastler traders Bradford Markets  and The Sparrow Cafe for Love Your Local Market fortnight a campaign celebrating British markets #LYLM2017

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What is Wur Bradford?

What is Wur Bradford?

Wur Bradford is a grassroots art and social space in a market stall in Kirkgate Market to explore how we can make our city and our world better through imagination and collective action. The project was started by artist  Jean McEwan  in Spring 2015 and now has expanded to be run by a small collective of Bradford artists who are interested in how art can change the world.

Wur Bradford is an open space for people to come and chat, get creative, share stories and ideas, and connect with others. Everyone is welcome to visit, get involved and suggest things that could happen. To get an idea of the space, some of the people who have been involved with us, and some of the activities we have done, you can watch a short video about Wur Bradford, made in late 2015 here or watch the slideshow below of that show some of our activities over the last 2 years.. we have done everything from creative  workshops  to bannermaking to art parties to self publishing fairs to helping to organise actions and vigils. We do things in our market stall space and in other spaces across Bradford. We work with lots of people, groups and organisations in Bradford, and have done activities for events with BrickboxBradford Refugee Week, WowBradford festival and many other others. We are always looking to connect with more people – so get in touch if you would like to work with us.

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We are also running Power Up Creative Resistance, an action research project documenting and creating artistic responses, opening up space to dialogue, re-think, and find alternative ways to go about changing our changing world whatever this means to us, from our point of view. The project, supported by CommUNIty Thinkspace group at  University of Bradford  and Joseph Rowntree Foundation,  will be running throughout 2017. If you would like to get involved with Power Up, drop us an email at powerupcreativeresistance@gmail.com

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We are regularly open on Tuesdays between 12-2pm and Thursdays between 12-3pm, and sometimes at other times  – check our blog for details. You can find our stall at the back of Kirkgate Market,

If you would like to get in touch we would love to hear from you – come visit us or email us wurbradford@gmail.com

Wur Bradford has been made possible by Two28, Bradford Markets and Bradford Council. Grateful thanks their support.

The Triumph of Love in Bradford

The Triumph of Love  is an ambitious new art project by people at Wur Bradford.

 

Inspired by the creative energy and collective love that has been springing up in our city over the past few months – from the ‘Bradford Says Everyone Stays’ vigil in July  which people at Wur created banners, posters and placards for, to the successful #LoveBradford world record attempt which created a chain of 2,331 people making the heart-shaped hand gesture, The Triumph of Love is a statement of intent, hope and imagination.

It is a creative celebration of our love and ambition for Bradford,  and will take many forms including artworks, creative interventions, happenings  and discussions, which will be popping up around the city over the coming months.
The Triumph of Love will be a truly collective venture – and we invite people to bring ideas and get involved.  If you have an idea for something we would love to help you make it happen!

We will be springing up in a variety of spaces and events over the coming weeks and months, including at ‘Reflections’ creative event in Lister Park on 15th October part of the Listers Lantern Parade and also at The Wild Woods Bradford  after dark adventure events in Darley Street in October with our friends at Brickbox

To warm us up we will be running some creative workshops at  Wur artspace in Kirkgate Market over the next few weeks:

Saturday 24nd September:
1-3pm
The Triumph of Love: Lantern making
Join theatre designer and  Wur Bradford artist Uzma Kazi to make special ‘3D light zines’  celebrating DIY Bradford creativity, and featuring Bradford places and people we love. These will become part of our Triumph of Love interactive installation space at the Reflections event and will join the Listers Lantern Parade

Thursday 29th September
12-2pm
The Triumph of Love: Make Your Message
Join Wur volunteer Dilwar and artist Jean McEwan in a collage session to make images containing messages, quotes and inspirations of love and hope.  These will become part of our mobile Triumph of Love decorations which we’ll be adding to and taking around the city in  the coming months. Bring your own message or stories or take inspiration from ours!

Thursday 13th October
Triumph of Love: The Big Make-In
12-3pm
Join artists Uzma Kazi, Chemaine Cooke and Jean McEwan in a massive love themed make-in session – to create lanterns, banners, decorations and costumes in readiness for our outings to The Wild Woods and Reflections events in October

All the sessions are free and everyone is welcome! Feel free to come for the whole sessions or to drop in. You can find us at the back of Kirkgate Market, opposite Home From Home Cafe

Saturday 15th October
4 – 6.30pm
‘Reflections’ in Lister Park
Join us at  the Reflections creative event Lister Park in our specially  created Triumph of Love installation space –  a place to feel connected, welcomed and creative.
– Get involved in a making light collages  with an overhead projector with cutout words and images, transparencies and objects
– Be captured in movement through photography and collage yourself  into one of our ‘3D light zines’  along with Bradford places and people and messages to become part of Listers Lantern Parade.
– Come and tell us your own stories about The Triumph of Love

There will also be a host of other creative people, happenings and activities happening, including dance, music and creative workshops , before we all take part in Listers Lantern Parade at 6.30pm.

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We look forward to seeing you at the workshops and events! To get in touch with us email wurbradford@gmail.com

Blake and Cake

A short video made by artist Terry Greene documenting ‘Blake and Cake’ – an event celebrating the life and work of our favourite artist-poet-visionary-revolutionary, William Blake. The event, held on 28th November, what would have been his 258th birthday, featured an exhibition and publication of Blake birthday cards, sent from artists around the world; a specially made short film, readings and performances; Tyger Tyger mask mask making, free poetry giveaways, and a specially made Dark Satanic Mills Cake.
As you can see, it was a wonderful celebration.
Many thanks to Richard Shipp and Sharon Hall Shipp for their wonderful film, ‘I see the four fold man’ ,  made specially for the event which can be seen here  and also to Elizabeth Hopkinson, Penny Andrews, Andrew Mottram, Graham, Clive and Sameeha for their readings and performances.
Blake birthday card artists: Graham Binns, Paul Brandford, Carrie Scott-Huby, Martin Heron, Abi Coe, Paddy Hamilton, Pineapple Falls, Jean McEwan, Sharon Hall Shipp, Tom Jukes, Jenny Zigzag and Elizabeth and Anna Hopkinson.

‘Blake and Cake’ was organised by Wur Bradford in collaboration with artists Terry Greene and Jean McEwan.

Wur Bradford is a collectively run art and social space situated in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market. The project is generously supported by Bradford Markets and Bradford Council

Wur Bradford mini self publishing fair

Some photos from our Bradford Mini Self – Publishing Fair we hosted in the stall last month. It was a wonderful, convivial day with self-publishers from across Yorkshire and Lancashire coming to share their work via talks, readings, performances and discussions. We also had a fantastic array of self published books, pamphlets, comics zines and music to show and buy.

A heartfelt thanks to all who generously came to contribute  – it truly felt like a day of  sharing.

Contributing artists: Bruce Barnes  Stephen Pass   Penthouse Pressgang
Loosely Bound   Bradical zine Longbarrow Press  Gordian Projects   SW Zines   Louise Crosby  Bomb Shop  Sound Shack Records  Becky Kidner
Gadwhip  Synchronise Witches  SW Zines

A special thanks to lovely artist Emma Bolland from Gordian Projects   who took these great photos

 

Wur Bradford is an art and social space situated in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market and is supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.

 

Why DIY it? Bradford mini self-publishing fair

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DO IT YOURSELF CREATIVITY!

Saturday 21st November
12-4pm

Wur Bradford stall
Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home cafe)Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 1QX

What is DIY publishing?
DIY, or self-publishing is the publication of a book, magazine, pamphlet or any other media by its author, without the involvement of a publisher.The author is responsible for and in control of the entire process from beginning to end, including the content, design and distribution.

How and why people do it themselves?

Come along to our fun, inclusive event,  celebrating ‘Do It Yourself’ publishing , with self- published books, pamphlets, ‘zines, comics, and music from Bradford and across Yorkshire to browse and buy, and an eclectic programme of discussions, performances,  and readings.
Come along to find out how and why people self-publish and get advice on how you can do it yourself, and to contribute to a collaborative DIY ‘zine ( a handmade magazine) in a day.

We will be featuring self-published books, pamphlets, comics, music and zines from the following:

Penthouse Pressgang
Loosely Bound 

Bradical zine
Longbarrow Press
Gordian Projects

SW Zines
Louise Crosby
Bomb Shop
Jean McEwan
Sound Shack Records
Black Dogs
Penny Andrews
Becky Kidner
The Common Swings
Calder Valley Scribblers
Gadwhip

Synchronise Witches

Bruce Barnes

Stephen Pass

 

Programme for the day
12- 12.30pm:

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Bradford poet Bruce Barnes will read from some of his work

12.30 – 12.50

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Beehive Poets member Stephen Pass will talk about how he   self-published his childrens’ book ‘Madge and the Mermaid’

 

1 – 1.30pm 

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Bradical zine: a  chance to meet the creators and   contributors   behind ‘Bradical’ and discuss the themes of the zine

 

2pm:  Performance from Manchester based artist  Rosanne Robertson :

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Too Much (with fibers) 2015 (20 minutes)

A live work using threads, fibers, wires, hair, tape loops and  voice. This live work is part of a project on the contemporary  condition of anxiety by artist Rosanne Robertson exploring  assemblage, performance sculpture and sound. This   performance with live action and sound making demonstrates  personal anxieties, small hidden fears and relationships with social fears related to expression of gender, sexuality and the body also presented in the self published booklet TOO MUCH  and original concertina hand stitched book. Both the original   book and limited edition booklet are available for sale via The  Penthouse self publishing project Press Gang–  and guests at Wur  Bradford mini self publishing fair.

 

2.20pm

Performance from  Debbie Sharp. Debbie sharp is a artist based in the north west of England
and part of The Penthouse Pressgang.

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Constant Sleepless Nights

“Ive suffered from panic attacks at night since I was a child
A fear of someone breaking in
Being murdered in my sleep
I grew up in Bradford in the 70s when the Yorkshire ripper was about.
At that time there was a constant fear over the city.”

 

2.40pm  

Talk from Brian Lewis from Sheffield’s  Longbarrow Press

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3pm

Reading from Gordian Projects   artist and writer  Emma Bolland

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FREE, ALL WELCOME

Wur Bradford is an art & social space based in a stall in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market to explore how we can make our city better through imagination and creative action. More about the project here

This event is part of a series of winter creative workshops at Wur Bradford, supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets. The event is co-ordinated by Wur Bradford in collaboration with Bradford zine collective Loosely Bound

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/936031153170716/

FREE
ALL WELCOME

Wur Bradford is supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.

Make a birthday card for William Blake

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On 28th November,  we are hosting a celebration for Britain’s best loved poet-artist- visionary -revolutionary, William Blake, who was born on that day in 1757.
The author of Songs of Innocence and Experience and Jerusalem,  and a rebel in thought and art, Blake was largely unrecognised in his lifetime and considered mad by his contemporaries, but his genius has since been acknowledged and he is now considered one of the greatest artists of all time.
We will be celebrating his influence and contribution through  Blake inspired performances, readings of his poems, an exhibition, a commemorative publication,  library, and cake. There will also be  creative activities for people to get involved in .
We invite you to make William Blake a birthday card for the event, which will be shown as part of the mini exhibition and collected into a special commemorative limited edition publication to be available on the day.
Cards can contain text, image or be a combination of both. They need to be A5 in size (ie a folded A4). Send your original cards to us at

Wur Bradford
℅ Jean McEwan
63 Nelson Street
Cross Roads
Keighley
BD22 9EA

by Monday 23rd November. Please include an SAE for  the return of your card.
For any queries, contact  us via email at Wurbradford@gmail.com

This event is coordinated by Wur Bradford in collaboration with artists Terry Greene and Jean McEwan

Grateful thanks to Bradford Council and Bradford Markets for their ongoing support of Wur Bradford